Definitions for hypocrisyhɪˈpɒk rə si
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hy•poc•ri•syhɪˈpɒk rə si(n.)(pl.)-sies.
the false profession of desirable or publicly approved qualities, beliefs, or feelings, esp. a pretense of having virtues, moral principles, or religious beliefs that one does not really possess.
an act or instance of hypocrisy.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of hypocrisy:
1175–1225; ME ipocrisie < OF < LL hypocrisis < Gk hypókrisis playacting =hypokri(nesthai) to play a part, explain (hypo-hypo - +krinein to distinguish, separate) +-sis -sis
hypocrisy, lip service(noun)
an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
hypocrisy(noun)ɪˈpɒk rə si
behavior that contradicts what sb has said they believe
***the hypocrisy of politicians
the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, virtues or motivations that one does not actually possess.
applying criticism to others that one does not apply equally to oneself; moral self-contradiction whereby the behavior of one or more people belies their own claimed or implied possession of certain beliefs, standards or virtues.
an instance of either of the above.
Origin: From ipocrisie, from ypocrisie, from hypocrisis, from ὑπόκρισις, from ὑποκρίνομαι, from ὑπό + the middle voice of κρίνω.
the act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one's real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness
Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. Hypocrisy is not simply failing to practice those virtues that one preaches. Samuel Johnson made this point when he wrote about the misuse of the charge of "hypocrisy" in Rambler No. 14: Thus, an alcoholic's advocating temperance, for example, would not be considered an act of hypocrisy as long as the alcoholic made no pretense of sobriety.
Translations for hypocrisy
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the act or state of pretending to be better than one is or to have feelings or beliefs which one does not actually have.
- huigelary, skynheiligheidAfrikaans
- رِياء، نِفاقArabic
- hipocrisiaPortuguese (BR)
- die HeucheleiGerman
- पाखण्ड, ढोंगीHindi
- veidmainiavimas, veidmainystėLithuanian
- hypocrisie, huichelarij, schijnheiligheidDutch
- hykleri, skinnhellighetNorwegian
- hyckleri, skenhelighetSwedish
- ikiyüzlülük, riyakârlıkTurkish
- 偽善Chinese (Trad.)
- ریاکاری ، مکاریUrdu
- đạo đức giảVietnamese
- 伪善Chinese (Simp.)
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